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“What a Lovely Place to Stay When Visiting Duke!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Ranked #2 of 72 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Clearwater, FL
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197 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“What a Lovely Place to Stay When Visiting Duke!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012 via mobile

This place is welcoming, old southern charm and first class all the way! Right across the street from Duke basketball and football facilities. The hotel is classy, yet warm and friendly. Feels like home! We had a suite, which was very spacious and nice with two baths. We also had a two queen room for the teenagers. Everything was great! The Bull Durham Bar was my favorite bar ever - Angel was the most attentive bar tender and server I've ever had. The breakfast was very good as we're the appetizers in the bar. The only bad thing about this hotel was the indoor pool. It was loud, with little kids screaming and no opportunity to enjoy the incredible views of the outdoors and the gold course.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Rockville Centre, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

I hosted a business meeting here last month. The facilities and staff were outstanding. Very modern conference phone and LCD projector. Those who called in to listen to our meeting were very pleased with the voice quality of the equipment, which is often a problem at other business hotels. The meeting room was spacious and comfortable. We had a delicious hot breakfast; service was wonderful. Everyone was very happy with the rooms and the grounds. There is a nature trail around the property that received rave reviews from my colleagues. I would definitely return with my business group.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Roanoke, VA
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

Fortunate to have this resort for a recent business trip. Resort grounds were impressive upon arrival with lots of historical memorabilia sprinkled through the resort honoring the famous Duke Family. Oppulently furnished with lots of "quiet nooks" throughout the facility, beautiful grounds to explore, a nicely accommodated gym, and several dining options (although pricey). I had a king bedroom suite with a nice well-furnished living room area with desk and french doors leading into a lavishly decorated king bedroom. View from my room was less than spectacular because I had a 2nd floor room with an obstructed view (RM 262). I'm sure other rooms have some great views of the golf course and other views of the well-maintained grounds.

Although dining was a bit pricey, the food was well-seasoned and service was top-notch.
The Chopped Salad in Bull Durham Bar is HUGE so it's best to have a big appetite. Breakfast buffet was about $19, but if you order from the menu, the service is rather quick and the serving sizes are quite filling and can save you some $$. The golf course snack bar (near the driving range and called "Nineteen" is the best bang for the buck for a quick, casual bite to eat. Eating area is outdoors and informal, but the food is the same food they offer inside the hotel for VERY affordable prices.

I would gladly return to this hotel to enjoy the "Lap of Luxury", but unfortunately it's outside my family's typical price range. Perhaps I'll be fortunate to have another business conference and I can bring my husband along. :)

Room Tip: The Chopped Salad in Bull Durham Bar is HUGE so it's best to have a big appetite. Breakfast buf...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ibmrsbellamy
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Roanoke, Virginia
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30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

Comfy, quiet place with the fancy bells and whistles of luxury accommodations. If you need to come to Duke... And can afford it (or find a good deal like we did) this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Freddie088
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Washington Duke Inn on May 2, 2012 to avoid getting up very early the next morning for some medical procedures at the Durham Regional Hospital. Our son who drove us to the Inn from Chapel Hill also joined us for dinner at the Inn's Bar. The Inn was quite busy that evening so not surprisingly, there was a bit of a wait for each course. We all enjoyed our dinner with one exception. I wanted a glass of rose but there was only one offered, a Biltmore House label. Since there was no other choice, I ordered it. That was a bad decision as this particular wine was not just not good ,, it was really bad. I should have sent it back but did not, because everything else was wonderful. A beautiful and quiet setting, a comfortable and well-appojnted room, courteous and professional staff, convenient location ... one could easily forgive a bad glass of rose!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 2Escargots
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Nashville, Tennessee
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105 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

My son and I just returned from Durham, N.C. and an excellent stay at the Washington Duke Inn. We were there for only a short time so location was everything. I can't think of a more convienent place to stay. The Duke campus has limited parking so walking is a must. As a matter of fact where we could park was farther from our destination on campus then the Inn. The hotel is a quick and easy distance from the airport. We rented a car and it was an easy driving distance away. It was cheaper to rent a car then to take a taxi to the hotel. However taxi's at the Inn are always available.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kminichan
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Vienna, Virginia
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43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

Since the renovation and higher room cost, we have only been fortunate enough to stay here very few times in the last 10 years visiting our children at Duke. It is a perfect place to stay if you're visiting the campus. But we recently had our son's wedding and reception at the Duke Chapel and Gardens and planned the wedding weekend around staying at the "Wa Duke," as it's affectionately referred to by students. They organized a putting contest and served a wonderful rehearsal dinner with excellent courses and after wedding breakfast. They work well with all the local florists. I would highly recommend the junior suites which face the golf course. The experience was really positive.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lovestwotravel
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Property: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Address: 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705-1059
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Location: United States > North Carolina > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Durham
#2 Business Hotel in Durham
#2 Romantic Hotel in Durham
#3 Family Hotel in Durham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club 4*
Number of rooms: 271
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, on the campus of Duke University and just minutes from Research Triangle Park, downtown Durham and Raleigh/Durham International Airport, is one of North Carolina's most celebrated hotels. The Inn, known for its luxury facilities, internationally recognized service, excellent cuisine and banquet facilities, stands among the tall Carolina pines, overlooking the Duke Univeristy Golf Course. Join us for business or pleasure, and experience a true Carolina treasure. ... more   less 
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